Ugu mayor to award youth achievers

2017-04-27 06:02

IN keeping with youth development forming an integral part of the district’s growth, the Ugu District Municipality mayor, Cllr Mondli Chiliza will host the Ugu District Youth Awards where youth excellence will be recognised.

This initiative, which began in 2011, was relaunched by Chiliza last Thursday at St Mike’s Hotel where he said the event will be held in Youth Month on June 10 at the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre.

Chiliza said it was befitting that youth achievements be celebrated in a month solely dedicated to the youth, which aims to instil consciousness among the youth on the fallen youth heroes and those who aspire to make a positive change in our communities.

“It is because of these brave young people that we have platforms such as the youth awards to help our youth become better people and soldiers of democracy.

And we remain resolute in recognising excellence in our youth who are the future as we move our district forward.”

The event will award young men and women between the ages of 18 and 35 who have excelled in 10 categories - sports, arts and culture, economic development, agriculture, social development, Ugu tourism ambassador, education, people with disabilities in education, youth in leadership and the overall winner of the year, which were identified and guided by the youth’s interests.

He encouraged participation of the youth across the district pointing out that the district is made up of both rural and urban communities and participation of young achievers from both the white and black communities is important.

The community is urged to visit their local municipality youth offices for more information on how they can participate in the nomination process and ensure that youths who excel in their communities are in the running for the awards.

Ugu District Municipality promotes working together to create an environment that is friendly, responsive, accountable, effective and efficient for local communities.

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